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Plain packaging pay out to Mars would ‘certainly not be trivial’, says Institute of Economic Affairs

Unearthed Mars correspondence with UK Department of Health reveals firms concern that mandatory plain packaging in the tobacco industry would set a

Mars in 2012 wrote to the UK’s Department of Health to express concern over the potential impact on branding and intellectual property rights should tobacco plain packaging policy be extended to food – something the Institute of Economic Affairs said could cost the government big bucks should a mega-confectionery brand take...

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Back to the future: Brazilian federal bill re-discovers sustainable cabruca cocoa bean production

A regional decree and national bill seek to support and protect Brazil's sustainable cabruca cocoa production system. 

Wood you? Novel pigment tipped for gummy and hard candies

Neocandenatone, a purple pigment found in the heartwood of Dalbergia congestiflora trees, could hold colorant possibilities for gummy and hard candies, according to Mexican research.

'Sin taxes' on unhealthy foods will work, says EU report

Taxes imposed on sugary, salty or fatty foods do lead to reductions in consumption, says the European Commission in a new report. But higher taxes could also encourage consumers to simply go for cheaper products, it warns.

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Taura claims its fruit pieces are the world's smallest

Kiwi fruit products company Taura Natural Ingredients has introduced what it claims is possibly the world’s smallest real fruit pieces.

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‘When you overdo it it’s an arms race!’ IRI Consulting warns of US food and beverage promo fever from BeverageDaily.com

IRI Consulting warns that US food and beverage manufacturers risk a significant impact on their profitability when they get sucked into unduly aggressive promotional cycles.

Pecans: America's forgotten nut? from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Pecans are not top of mind for US manufacturers and ingredient players but the antioxidant-rich nuts can move way beyond the famous pie, says the head of Georgia’s Center for Pecan Innovation.

Country of origin labelling study clears retailers from FoodManufacture.co.uk

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) found no slip-ups over country of origin labelling on the part of retailers and wholesalers in results of a UK and Ireland study published today (July 29).

Genius pumps ‘a good whack of its budget’ into Commonwealth Games sponsorship from FoodNavigator.com

Genius Foods, the UK’s leading gluten-free food producer, made a big investment into its summer campaign after being asked to be an official provider of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Chobani request to appeal UK Greek yogurt injunction rejected from DairyReporter.com

Chobani's long-running legal battle with rival Fage over its use of the term 'Greek yogurt' in the UK is seemingly at an end, after it was refused permission to launch a second appeal against a 2013 High Court injunction.

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BBX Capital acquires Helen Grace Chocolates

BBX Capital adds Helen Grace Chocolates to premium choc trove

BBX Capital has made California-based firm Helen Grace Chocolates its forth US premium chocolate acquisition in eight...

Yowie secures Valero distribution

Yowie lays US distribution nest egg

Toy-filled chocolate egg firm the Yowie Group has secured US distribution with large C-store chain Valero Corner...

Cocoa: The next health claim

What will be the next cocoa health claim?

‘Neuroprotective effects’ and ‘improved metabolism’ could be the next health claims for cocoa and dark chocolate after...

Sweet free checkouts gain support in New Zealand

Confectionery-free checkouts register with NZ consumers

The impulse checkout channel may be under further threat after a survey revealed a third of consumers...

Cloetta on acquisition hunt after sales gains

Cloetta still window shopping after sales gains

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has recorded sales and profit growth in the second quarter driven by acquisitions and...

Cocoa farmers should have shares in chocolate companies: Divine

Taking stock: Time cocoa farmers got a bite of the chocolate business?

Giving cocoa farming cooperatives shares in chocolate firms would improve livelihoods and encourage them to boost yields...

Dark chocolate can help people walk: Study

Dark chocolate can help people walk: Study

Researchers claim that dark chocolate could improve the walking ability of peripheral artery disease patients.

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